Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-12-07
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Howard Brown Health nurses planning series of strikes
2022-09-29

This article shared 644 times since Thu Sep 29, 2022
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Thirty nurses employed by Howard Brown Health and represented by the Illinois Nurses Association (INA) will go on a series of strikes starting Monday, Oct. 3, according to a press release Windy City Times received.

Howard Brown has been serving the healthcare needs of the LGBTQ+ Chicagoland community for nearly 50 years.

"Our nurses have been in bargaining since June over their second contract with Howard Brown Health, and after 18 tentative agreements have stalled and taken a turn for the worst," said Rob Garness, RN.

"Nurses work at Howard Brown Health because they care about the queer population that they serve, but those patients cannot properly be cared for given the conditions at Howard Brown Health. That's the bottom line of this strike," added Tony Valentin, RN.

According to the press release, the nurses have not been able to get any meaningful movement on wages and policies to retain nurses, and progress has been stalled due to high turnover among the staff. Since contract negotiations began, three nurses have quit.

In January, INA filed grievances against Howard Brown for unfairly disciplining two nurses—one of whom helps run a program that provides medical forensic exams (also known as "rape kits") to LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual assault. The following month, Howard Brown employees announced their intent to unionize with INA.

On June 6, workers filed a petition for recognition, with two-thirds of their co-workers showing support for unionization. In August, more than 470 employees at Chicago-based Howard Brown, Broadway Youth Center and Brown Elephant retail locations announced they had won their union election with 97% of the votes cast.

The strike schedule is as follows:

—Monday, Oct. 3, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., at 4025 N. Sheridan Rd.

—Tuesday, Oct. 4, 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m., at 3245 N. Halsted St.

—Wed., Oct. 5, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., at 1525 E. 55th St.

—Thursday, Oct. 6, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., 1025 W. Sunnyside Ave.

—Friday, Oct. 7, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., 641 W. 63rd St.

—Saturday, Oct. 8, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 6500 N. Clark St.

Howard Brown has released its own statements regarding the impending strikes. A recent release stated, "After two months of negotiations and significant progress made, Howard Brown Health continues to bargain in good faith with the nurses' union. Howard Brown hopes that patient care will continue uninterrupted while progress is being made at the bargaining table.

"Earlier this month, the nurses gave notice of their intent to strike on or after Oct. 3. Because of the great progress made already, we do not believe we are at an impasse that may lead to a strike. Committed to the process, we believe we can reach a final agreement by [Oct. 3].

"To date, management and Illinois Nurses Association have come to [an] agreement on many significant contract provisions, including:

1. Staffing levels

2. Remote work

3. Progressive discipline

4. Arbitration process that adds a mediation step

5. Attendance policy

6. Health and safety provisions

7. Saturday shifts

8. Union rights

9. Management rights

10. Monkeypox MOU with PPE and safety protocols

11. Additional annual labor/management meetings

12. Extending introductory period to 90 days from six weeks

13. Expanded transparency when posting positions and rights of bargaining unit members when applying for positions

14. Expanded shift and scheduling flexibility for nurses

15. Prompt turn-around responding to vacation requests

16. Commitment to mutual dignity and respect

17. Revised dress code respecting individuality and a commitment to no discrimination based upon attire

18. Participation in committees

"Howard Brown has also engaged our assigned federal mediator who has met with both parties and worked to try to bring us closer together. … Reaching a mutually agreeable contract prior to a strike is a top priority to ensure patient care is not interrupted."

Also, a GoFundMe page has been created to help support the staff of Howard Brown. Funds raised will be directed to the non-profit Chicago Jobs with Justice. More information is at tinyurl.com/4329raet.


This article shared 644 times since Thu Sep 29, 2022
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Attorney General Raoul Joins Coalition To Protect Access To Gender-Affirming Care 2022-12-08
—From a press release - CHICAGO — Attorney General Kwame Raoul today stood up for transgender rights, joining a coalition of 16 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief supporting efforts to promote equal access to healthcare in West Virginia ...


Gay News

Their stories: Chicago scholar focuses their work on LGBTQ+ seniors 2022-12-08
- When we think about how LGBTQ+ age, helping people feel connected and "seen" is just one of the many ways a community can care for LGBTQ+ elders. It can contribute to their mental health as they ...


Gay News

Michael Horvich: A caregiver remembers his talented husband 2022-12-07
- Michael Horvich has had many roles in his lifetime, among them teacher, photographer and author. However, one of his most important was being caregiver to Gregory Maire—Horvich's husband of 41 years, who died in 2015. Maire ...


Gay News

Annual STRUT event shines spotlight on World AIDS Day 2022-12-07
- On the evening of Nov. 4, the annual STRUT fashion show celebrated its 13th edition at Joe's on Weed St. As in the past, STRUT shined its spotlight on up-and-coming young fashion designers while raising funds for ...


Gay News

276,000 transgender adults in the U.S. are enrolled in Medicaid 2022-12-07
-- From a press release - More than 40% lack guaranteed access to coverage for gender-affirming care under state law An estimated 276,000 transgender adults are enrolled in Medicaid in the U.S., according to a new analysis by the Williams Institute at ...


Gay News

Howard Brown Health set to lay off 15 percent of the staff, union members respond 2022-12-06
- Just two months after Howard Brown Health (HBH) leadership and non-nurse employees represented by the Illinois Nurses Association (INA) finalized a three-year union contract, the nonprofit has announced that about ...


Gay News

Mpox Working Group sends letter to Congress calling for $900 million in funding 2022-12-06
-- From a press release - WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, in partnership with 39 other leading public health, HIV/AIDS, medical ...


Gay News

Santa Speedo Run returns with plenty of holiday cheer 2022-12-05
- The 11th annual Santa Speedo Run took place at Sidetrack Video Bar Dec. 3. The event, a fundraiser for Center on Halsted, has grown exponentially year after year and has managed to take on a life ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Trans officials, marriage equality, Karl Schmid, Pelosi, Buttigieg 2022-12-04
Video below - Once all of the newly elected officials are seated, there will be nine transgender state legislators (up from eight this year) and nine non-binary state legislators across the country, NBC News noted, citing The Victory Institute. ...


Gay News

Pritzker administration announces highly effective HIV treatment coming to Illinois in 2023 2022-12-02
-- From a press release - CHICAGO — Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today on World AIDS Day that a new, long-acting HIV treatment called Cabenuva will become available to thousands of ...


Gay News

GLAAD responds to renaming of Monkeypox 2022-11-30
-- From a press release - (New York, NY) - GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, is responding to the World Health Organization (WHO) announcement recommending a new ...


Gay News

WHO renames monkeypox 2022-11-29
- On Nov. 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that monkeypox has been renamed "mpox." According to a press release from the organization, "both names will be used simultaneously for one year while 'monkeypox' is phased out. " ...


Gay News

Chicago's COVID level returns to 'medium'; boosters/shots encouraged 2022-11-26
- According to the latest information on the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) website, the city's COVID-19 risk level is now at medium level. In a news release, the Chicago Department of Public Health explained Cook ...


Gay News

Transgender Day of Resilience: Town Hall panelists tackle allyship, discrimination and immigration 2022-11-23
- Brave Space Alliance (BSA), Life Is Work (LIW) and Chicago Therapy Collective (CTC) hosted three free events across the city that they named—TDOR Weekend: A New Era, Together— to celebrate ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Grammy nominees, Gabrielle Union, Trevor Noah, Brendan Fraser 2022-11-20
- Out Magazine compiled a list of some of the 2023 LGBTQA+ Grammy nominees. Among those on the list were Brandi Carlile (who earned another seven Grammy nominations this year, raising her career total to 25), Lady ...


 




Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.